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Calling All Super Heroes! And Super Hero Fans!

February 19, 2018

Are you the type that thinks about what kind of superpower you could have if you could only have one? Would you be able to fly? Have super strength? Have laser beams shoot out of your eyes? Be able to control people’s minds? Time travel? Our family will, from time to time, sit around the table (especially after having seen the latest Marvel or DC movie) and will talk about what it would be like to actually BE a super hero. You ever use your imagination that way?   Well, now, your imagination came come to life a bit more easily! Join us for the weekend of February 24-25 and go “All Out” for Super Hero Weekend 2018!  Candlewood Suites is providing a great deal on weekend stay for the festivities and there will be events at various places all weekend for you to enjoy and BE a super hero! And, maybe you’ll be needed to fight some bad guys along the way!   This will be a great weekend for kids and families to come together and have adventures all over town. From the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Superheroes and Villains Concert to the Masquerade Ball Pre-Party to the Columbus Comic and Toy Show, there will be things going on all weekend! Stay with us and come prepared for an intergalactic battle of good versus evil!   Columbus has special events, fun, concerts, festivals, plays, and amazing weekends planned year round! Make plans to join us one weekend this Spring. And, whether you come as a super hero, a villain, or yourself, you’ll be sure to have a great time! 

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Saturdays in Columbus? Yes!

January 30, 2018

What are you doing this Saturday? What are you doing this weekend? How often do you think about that early in the week when you don’t have other plans already nailed down? Columbus has a weekend vacation alternative for you during the Winter months that might be surprising. Come on a Friday night and take in a great dinner or a show at one of our local theaters. Do some shopping at our malls and retail stores, or do window shopping with a stroll down Broadway.   Then, on Saturday morning, visit Market Days on Broadway, our year-round Saturday morning craft and farmer’s market. Encompassing several blocks, you will find all kinds of things to look at, buy, and bring home! Schedule a local historical and sightseeing tour. Visit one of our great museums. Take a walk along the Riverwalk and the Chattahoochee River. Enjoy a bike ride and some great outdoor fun!   There is absolutely no reason to sit at home on a weekend in the Winter when Columbus is nearby and offers adventure, fun, beauty, access to the outdoor experiences and indoor learning, great food, markets and shopping, music, and so much more! This isn’t meant to be an advertisement. It is an invitation to a great weekend of experiences and enjoyment that is available in a concentrated and accessible area. Check out some of the great Things to Do in Columbus and get started planning your weekend trip! 

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At the End of the Year, Explore Columbus In the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s Day!

December 27, 2017

All of the wrapping paper is put away, the tree is growing brittle, the cookies and egg nog have been consumed (too much so), family and guests have gone home (or not), and the family is growing restless. What do you do in the last days of the year that are short, cold, and often aimless? Columbus has some options for you!   If you live in the Mid-South area, Columbus is just a bit over an hour’s drive from Montgomery and Atlanta. It makes for a perfect place for an overnight trip to visit military and history museums, take nature hikes, bike rides, walking tours, eat at great restaurants, catch a Broadway quality show, and explore the history and scenery of the Chattahoochee River Valley.   Take a local historic sightseeing tour that explores Columbus from many different angles. Or, plan a trip to the “Fantasy in Lights” at the incredible, beautiful, nearby Callaway Gardens and stay in Columbus as a home base. Visit the Smithsonian quality National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum . There is so much to do!   As the year winds down and you draw close to family, why not plan an adventure? An excursion to Columbus to explore, learn, eat great food, see amazing things, laugh, and play together?

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A Charlie Brown Christmas in Columbus?

December 15, 2017

It really is the most wonderful time of the year in Columbus, Georgia! But, will Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas? Can he push past all of the commercialization of the holiday and find what really matters? The River Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting this amazing show for the community on Monday evening, December 18th at 6:30pm. Why not add this to your Christmas festivities and be reminded what the season is all about?   A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schultz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.   Half-priced tickets for children under age 12. Order discounted tickets through the RiverCenter box office at 706–256-3612.   Columbus has great shopping, museums, outdoor adventure, and traditional and festive ways to enjoy the Christmas holiday season in the Deep South. Catch a show, eat a great meal, do some shopping, and enjoy a walk along the river or down Broadway taking in the Christmas trees and lights and window shopping. As you do all of this with family, your spouse, or friends, think about what really most, what lasts, and what can be treasured and celebrated with deep meaning during this special time of year! 

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Go All Out and Celebrate a Holiday Weekend in Columbus!

November 22, 2017

The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is spent with Holiday fun, food, family, and plenty of festivities! Did you know that Columbus has all of that available to enjoy? Every weekend of the season has great food, music, festivities, plays and shows, exhibits, and so much more! Let’s take a look at what just one upcoming holiday weekend has to offer!   We kick off the Christmas season with the Broadway Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on December 1st from 6:30-8:30 pm! There will be decorated Christmas trees lining Broadway and a lot more:   Christmas lovers rejoice as Santa is escorted in by his entourage, including special guest appearances from Santa, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson Sing along to traditional Christmas carols at the lighting of the giant Christmas tree and play in the SNOW! There will be hot chocolate, candy canes and lots of fun for the entire family. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday attire and to bring their camera to partake in the many photo opportunities!   Over the weekend of December 1st - 3rd in Columbus, you can see the Broadway musical, Newsies, at the Springer Opera House or Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas or attend the CSU Broadway Ball all on Friday night! Then, you can enjoy shopping at an outdoor holiday market on Saturday morning at Market Days on Broadway. After that, fill your afternoon with wonder at a Victorian Christmas Open House at the National Civil War Museum and a One Hour Sightseeing Tour of the local attractions. End the evening with a great meal at one of our fabulous Uptown restaurants!   That is just one of our weekends over the holiday season! Of course, we have amazing places to shop and experience holiday fun, great restaurants to eat at, places to get treats, and it will all be decorated beautifully for Christmas! Hope to see you one of these weekends!

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Don’t Just Sit At Home for Oct/Nov Weekends in Columbus!

October 16, 2017

We’ve been saying it, but now it’s time to experience it! October and November weekends in Columbus along the Chattahoochee are the best time of year to “go all out” and experience the beauty and glory of Fall in the South, with cooler days and nights, changing colors, and festivities every weekend! Fall in Columbus means you can combine the outdoor activities that summer provides, like whitewater rafting in the Chattahoochee, biking, hiking, and Uptown walks, with the outdoor festivals that are our speciality!   Check out the festivals and special events over the next few weeks:   Arts on the River, Saturday, October 21, 2017 At 11:00Am - 5:00pm   “Arts on the River is in its 22nd year, a fine arts only show and sale with artists from throughout the south east.  Located in the median of the 1100 block of Broadway, Columbus, GA, a $1200 Best in Show award is presented to the winning artist.  A qualified judge from out of town determines the recipient of all awards.  The show opens at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. Details on web site www.artsontheriver.com. Entertainment all day. This event is free to the public, no ticket required.”   The National Infantry Museum’s new National Memorial to the Global War on Terrorism will be dedicated Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be open to the public at the dedication and thereafter.   “The memorial, now under construction, will include eight granite panels etched with the names of nearly 7,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have died in service since 9/11. A 13-foot steel beam taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center and donated to the museum by New York City firefighters will sit atop concrete columns representing the Twin Towers. The memorial also will feature nine bronze figures representing an Infantry squad, illustrations of each service’s role in protecting our nation, and narrative panels chronicling the nation’s longest war.”   These are just a few of the new events and attractions opening in Columbus during the Fall. We haven’t even talked about the plays, shows, live music, and great restaurants! Come visit us!

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Go All Out With So Much to Do in Columbus This Weekend!

September 28, 2017

What are YOU doing this weekend? Any plans? Want to get away? You could pick just about any weekend on the calendar, look over at Columbus, ask what’s going on, and make some incredible plans! Whether it is this weekend, next weekend, or a month from now, Columbus has  a steady array of concerts, plays, and special events, coupled with amazing restaurants, outdoor activities year round, world class museums, and a beautiful Southern setting along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. What are you waiting for?   Here’s an example of just a “regular” weekend in Columbus: Live Music Outdoors with Ricky Gunn and the Friday Night Concert Series Friday, September 29th, 7pm - 10pm, 1000 Block of Broadway.   Start your weekend off with live music from Columbus’ own Ricky Gunn. Enjoy the cooler nights that we’re starting to have, grab an amazing dinner in one of our incredible restaurants, and then bring a lawn chair and enjoy live music under the stars. Catch a World Class Performance of an Award Winning Play/Musical!   We have two amazing live theater performances happening Friday night (as we do most weekends) with the award winning Last Night of Ballyhoo and Dreamgirls. Take your pick and enjoy! Market Days on Broadway Saturday, September 30th (and every weekend), 9am - noon, 1000 and 1100 Blocks of Broadway   “Uptown Columbus' Market Days on Broadway takes place every Saturday morning, year-round from 9am until Noon in the 1000 &1100 blocks of Broadway. You will find over 100 local vendors selling anything and everything that you can image. The Market features many local and organic farmers selling produce, along with soap vendors, home goods, jewelry vendors and baked goods.” The 8th Annual Uptown Beer & Wine Festival. Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 1pm - 5pm.   This is one of the more popular events on the calendar each year in Columbus. Over 100 craft beers from all over the country are made available along with over 25 wine selections. A DJ playing music, college football available to watch, and food provided by a host of Uptown restaurants. This is a great way to spend a Saturday in the Fall! Color Me Rad 5K in Uptown, Sunday, October 1, 2017, 9am - 12pm   This is a 5K with a twist as it sends you through color stations leaving you coming out looking quite a bit different from when you started! This is fun for couples and the whole family as you run for fun! At the end, there will be music, food, and more!   Come to Columbus this weekend! Or next! Or the next! There’ll be something great to do when you arrive! 

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Go All Out to the Movies!

September 12, 2017

Seen a good movie lately? Normally, a trip to the movies requires you to battle crowds, pay expensive ticket and concession prices, and spend an hour and a half to two hours watching a movie that you aren’t totally sure will be a good one. Of course, you love movies and stories and a night out and it seems like a good thing to do. But, have you been to a film festival before? With one short film after another made by aspiring directors, writers, and editors trying to tell a better story than you might see in Hollywood? Columbus invites you for a weekend of filmmaking at its best with the Way Down Film Festival at the Springer Opera House, October 13-14.   The Way Down Film Festival will consist of over 40 short films and 10 events throughout the weekend. A description:   Way Down Film Festival launched in 2016 as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. The inaugural WDFF showcased over 30 short films and celebrated the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories from all over the world. Curated into 6 different thematic genre blocks, each screening runs for 70-90 minutes and consists of varying short films. Viewed on a state-of-the-art projector and sound system, film screenings take place on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House.   Following each screening, there is a filmmaker Q&A. Select filmmakers and celebrity/industry judges are also in attendance. Peppered throughout the two-day festival are rocking, celebratory receptions and networking gatherings.   Don’t miss this! Make plans and reservations now and head to the movies at the Way Down Film Festival, October 13-14 in Columbus!  Contact HERE for additional information.

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Back to School Weekends in Columbus!

August 17, 2017

Now that school for families is back in session and the summer months are coming to a close, the need for weekend getaways for the family and couples is more urgent than ever! At least that’s how we see it in Columbus! The weather is still perfect for rafting on the Chattahoochee River downtown, for strolls along the tree-lined streets of Uptown, for Saturday morning outdoor shopping at Market Days on Broadway, one of the largest outdoor markets in the South, and for so much more!   Explore the incredible museums that Columbus has to offer, such as the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, and the Columbus Museum. Engage in outdoor adventures such as ziplining, kayaking, white water rafting, and biking. Eat incredible food at some of the best restaurants in the South, enjoy a show at the Springer Opera House or RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, or listen to live music at one of the incredible music clubs downtown. The opportunities for a weekend getaway for ether you and your significant other or the whole family are endless!   Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy weekend getaways in the Deep South in a place that knows how to merge the beauty of nature with the conveniences and expressions of modern life, all literally in the same space! Columbus is breaking new ground every day on how a Southern city can merge the best of multiple worlds all in one place. Come join us and “go all out” to experience the best the South has to offer in Columbus! 

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Market Days on Broadway

July 26, 2017

Every Saturday morning, Columbus holds a special event called Market Days. The event takes place on one of the main hot spots, Broadway – in an area fondly referred to as Uptown Columbus.

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